CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Documentary: La Chica del Sur/The Girl from the South
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling 216
Free Documentary: La Chica del Sur/The Girl from the South
Javier Campo will introduce the film. He is a researcher on Argentine and Latin American Film, the editor of the peer reviewed magazine Cine Documental and of Cine documental, memoria y derechos humanos (2007) and coauthor, with Ana Laura Lusnich, Pablo Piedras, and others, of Una historia del cine politico y social en Argentina (2009 and 2011). He is also a professor of film aesthetics in the Faculty of Art of the Universidad del Centro de la Porvinvia de Buenos Aires.
Film Synopsis: In 1989, due to unexpected circumstances, José Luis García replaced his brother in the Argentine delegation to the World Youth and Students Festival which took place in North Korea, a political event with a certain air of vacation, sponsored by the USSR just three weeks after the massacre at Tiananmen Square and four months before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
García had just turned twenty-four, and had a broken heart from a relationship that didn’t work out and a borrowed VHS camera that joined him on his days of revolutionary tourism. He recorded the surrealistic landscape of that summer when North Korea opened its doors for the first time to thousands of young people from all over the world, there to hold a great party on the deck of the Titanic.
The focus of his gaze changed when Lim Sukyung appeared on the scene. The young activist had come to Pyongyang representing the students of South Korea, traveling all around the world – with layovers in Tokyo, Berlin and Moscow – in order to challenge the prohibition against traveling to the north side of her own country.
Her words burned in the youth meetings, warning against the radicalization of any political system and demanding the signing of a peace treaty that would put an end to the Korean War and favor the reuniting of the Korean people.
The young filmmaker was fascinated before the image of the young activist who, when the festival ended, crossed the most guarded border on the planet, on foot, concentrating in this truly revolutionary gesture all of her willingness to sacrifice for an ideal.
Back in Argentina, García continued closely following the little news that appeared about Korea. But the newspapers did not speak of her…
Many years later, the pages of the internet began to toss out information about the fate of the “Flower of Reunification,” about her years in prison and other more banal news that was mixed with the death of her son and her reclusion for years in a Buddhist monastery lost in the mountains of South Korea.
Shortly after Lim Sukyung reappeared in public life, the director contacted her by email and traveled to Seoul – accompanied by a South Korean friend who had been living in Buenos Aires since he was eight – with the objective of interviewing her.